Reykjavik


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Reykjavik is a very vivid city. Half of Iceland's population, around 140,000 people, live in Reykjavik or the surrounding city's. Just outside the city-centre lies a big lake, with lots of geese. Mind your step. 
The big church can be seen from far away. It was built from ... to ... The columns next to the tower resemble basalt-columns. It is supposed to be very impressive inside as well, but for some strange reason we were only near the church júst after 6 o'clock, closing-time. The Viking in front of the church is the first European in America, or Wine-land, as the Vikings called it. And we think of Vikings as beer-drinking types.  

Another sight is Perlan, the Pearl. The six enormous barrels hold hot water, for energy. The dome on top is a restaurant, which rotates slowly. Just below it is a cafeteria, where the soup has a more reasonable price. At this level you have to do the walking around yourself to have a look all over the town.

Iceland gives you ideas about Vikings and Scandinavian design. This sculpture of a Viking-ship, at the harbour of Reykjavik, unites those.
The open air museum Arbćjarsafn has a lot of houses and shops from all over Iceland. The staff is dressed in historical costumes and performs historical tasks, like spinning wool with a spinning wheel, baking cookies and selling candy.
There is also a movie about Reykjavik in the 20th century, a bit like Holland in the 20th century but nevertheless different. More isolated and on its own, we think. 

In Reykjavik are some big events. When we were there, there was the Gay Pride weekend, with a big parade. Unfortunately it poured during the parade, so we didn't have a look at it. The next weekend there was a marathon ánd the cultural evening. Events like like attract thousands of people. You better book a room in advance, otherwise a bench in the park may be your fate.
The Blue Lagoon, halfway the airport and Reykjavik, is very famous. The baths are heated with geothermal energy (in fact, Blue Lagoon is filled with wastewater of the electricity-plant, which cooled the water down from almost 100 degrees to a mere 40). In Reykjavik are several swimming-pools. They all have warm geothermal water and hot-pots. It is quite an experience to lie in a hot-pot and look over Reykjavik at the same time. The backside are some of the ideas of Icelandic people about hygiene: although you have to shower yourself with soap and without bathing suit before entering the swimming-pool. it is quite normal to spit a large, green slimy thing into the water. Yuk ...

Reykjavik has two airports: the small one with only national flights in the city itself, close to the big lake, and Keflavik International Airport, some 40 kilometres away. Here, you are welcomed by a glass rainbow, by Runi, an Icelandic artist. She hopes that someday the rest of the rainbow will be made as well.

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